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luther king memorial in washington. the president, connecting one civil rights and human rights leader to another, it's the melting of history, disconnection, the connection of the civil rights movement. that's the president brought throughout his trip. >> the story of the exodus was perhaps the central story, the most powerful image about emerging from the grip of bondage to reach for liberty and human dignity, carried from slavery through the civil rights movement into today. >> african-americans and jewish americans march with rabbis carrying as they walked. they boarded buses for freedom rights together. they bled together, gave their lives together. >> this is our obligation, not simply to bear witness but to act. for us, in our time, this means confronting bigotry and hatred in all of its forms. >> confronting it in all of its forms all over the world. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. >>> shameless. let's play "hardball". ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this. i hated the iraq war, said so when i s
. the president named the head of the justice department civil rights division thomas perez to be the president's next secretary of labor. moments later republican secretary david vitter said he would block that nomination. he joins us. >> good to be with you. >> greta: why do you want to block tom perez from being the secretary of labor. >> and civil rights, i think he's completely politicized that office and running it like an extension of the national democratic party or even an extension of obama's reelection campaign and i'm very concerned about that. >> greta: what makes you say that? >> because they've sued louisiana and it's off base. >> greta: they've won. >> no, they haven't. >> greta: i thought they won in-- >> it's an ongoing litigation. >> greta: in january, didn't the judge have the trial in october and rule in january? >> no. >> greta: that the state of louisiana violated the federal law failing to offer an opportunity to vote for all applicants, that's wrong. >> it's ongoing, that part is under appeal, but it's a major, major effort to really intimidate louisiana, its offices to
of churches and civil rights movement and when you look at the role really of societal movements, they often leap ahead of the law. and we're seeing that right now with this is an example. the fact this can happen in winston salem, again, it's the fifth largest city here in north carolina. you know, this is really unprecedented and you know, among methodist churches, you have some others in places like austin and chicago and of course, california, that that have enacted similar moves like this, but not in the deep south. not in north carolina. this is really important what's happening here. >> give me a brief answer. do you think we'll see marriage equality in your lifetime? >> in north carolina? well, you know, i write about manners, so not a great thing to ask someone their edge, but i'm hopeful that it's coming. >> all right. thank you so very much. >> thank you, michael. >> that's the ed show. the rachel maddow show starts now. >>> thanks to you at home for joining us. the great state of florida does not right now have a lieutenant governor. they have a governor, of course. you know, old
america's civil rights leader, who was assassinated trying to fight for civil rights in honor of the israeli leader, yitzhak rabin, who was assassinated trying to fight for peace. it's both a symbolic way of the president saying, i deeply understand the israeli struggle, and i also deeply believe that it's worth sacrifice and hard work to continue to fight for peace. quite a way to end his trip. >> quite a way, indeed. jessica yellin, live this morning, thanks for being with us. ahead on "starting point," the nra turning its sights on a new new york gun control law. is this measure unconstitutional? we're going to get reaction from aurora shooting survivor stephen barton. >>> and a 15-year-old girl is trapped when burglars enter her home. >> hey, bring the bucket over here. >> okay, don't talk. >> bring it over here. >> how she survived in her own words. next. you're watching "starting point." [ male announcer ] rita's suitcase got lost a few months back. hi. i got a call today that you guys found my suitcase. we don't have it. you don't even know my name. [ sniffs ] are you w
's made protecting that promise for everybody the cause of his life. as a civil rights attorney, an aide to senator ted kennedy, a member of the montgomery, maryland, county council. tom fought for a level playing field where hard work and responsibility are rewarded and working families can get ahead. and this is not the first time he's chosen to be a labor secretary either. we've got here today governor martin o'malley. and martin appointed tom as secretary of maryland's department of labor where he helped implement the country's first statewide living wage law because he understood minimum wage should be a wage you can live on. and current role as the head of the u.s. justice department and civil rights position he's fought to open pathways into the work force for everyone willing to contribute including people with disabilities, lgbt americans and immigrants. and he's helped settle some of the largest cases ever on behalf of families targeted by unfair mortgage lending. now, while he's tackled plenty of tough issues, tom's also spent a career as a consensus voter. he's worked with ce
their candidate. on the right, southern white democrats who were against civil rights, they were being peeled off to vote for george wallace, the symbol of proud segregation. also, different problem for the democrats. people hated the vietnam war. and the president at the time was a democrat, lyndon b. johnson. so if you were against the war, as most americans at that point were -- this is the gallop polling on the war -- the number of people who thought it was a mistake -- if you were against the war as increasingly everybody was, you were so the psyched to vote for lbj's successor. so the democrats were losing their appeal in the south because of racism, and they were losing the anti-war vote. the republican candidate tried to take advantage of that split, and was this handsome devil. nixon in 1968 was running against a democratic party that he knew was split. he was, in response, pledging to get rid of the draft. and he claimed to have a plan to end the war. he argued that if you wanted the war to end, you needed to elect him. you needed to vote the democrats out of office because clearly lbj
of the civil rights and women's rights movements, the speed with which more and more people have come to embrace the dignity and equality of lgbt americans has been inspiring. we see it all around us every day in major cultural statements and in quiet family moments. but the journey is far from over, and, therefore, we must keep working to make our country freer and fairer and to continue to inspire the faith the world puts in our leadership. in doing so, we will keep moving closer and closer to that more perfect union promised to us all. >> we. chad. we. >> look, chris -- >> is she running for president? >> she did not tell me. we didn't talk about that. the "washington post" came out with a poll today that shows that 58% of americans support marriage equality. 81% of people under the age of 30. chris, 81% of people in this country don't agree on anything these days. 81% of people under the age of 30. i think it's going to become increasingly difficult for anyone of either party to run for public office if they're anti-gay and hold anti-gay positions and do not embrace freedom and eq
experiences affect your policies, that's a good thing. something as big as a civil rights issue as gay marriage or gay rights in general, i would hope our elected officials have open mindedness about the ability to conceive it differently down the road if it effects them personally. >> you're not going to get any admission of that sort from john boehner. his job there i guess was to give that particular answer, his party would be horrified if he said anything -- >> i mean, we're just about to have the supreme court case, doma, prop 8, we know where he is in support of doma, it would be difficult. >> if you're a republican operative at this juncture, you can't deny the math. you look at this, say the new poll, 81% under 30 support gay marriage. 40% of seniors. eventually will be well called the majority. maybe it is time to get ahead of the curve. >> thank you both for joining me tonight. >>> coming up, the surprising agreement between john boehner and president obama. they finally agree on something and it is no small thing. it is a really huge thing. the debt. in the "rewrite," i am g
it comes to human rights, civil rights, and equality, i don't believe we should have the left versus right. these are moral issues. these are issues that go to the heart of what human beings, who we are and what we should be about not toward the partisan politics but like everything else it's going to get played out in a partisan atmosphere but i would hope we respect the individual people who through no fault of their own just are trying to live their lives and not be tortured or be subjected to these type of conversion therapies. >> donna and ari flish, thanks very much. just ahead, did the u.s. secret service accidently fire a weapon near iran's president when he was in new york? and why would iran keep quiet about something like that? stand by. if youthen this willbrids arbe a nice surprise. meet the 5-passenger ford c-max hybrid. c-max come. c-max go. c-max give a ride to everyone it knows. c max has more passenger volume than competitor prius v and we haven't even mentioned... c-max also gets better mpg. say hi to the super fuel efficient ford c-max hybrid. [ babies crying ] surprise
that they don't think is right. >> but the difference there is that the civil union and marriage are not exactly the same thing. and they're not exactly the same thing in a couple of different ways, important ways. one way is in medical coverage. >> but that -- you're talking about a definition. and what i'm saying is that i think the institution of marriage is a religious institution. but you can have the unions that has the same -- that affords the same people as a male/female marriage the same rights and the same protections under the law. >> you can get married by a justice of the peace or captain of a ship. can those unions be called civil marriage. >> we disagree on this. >> i think that it's important to recognize that when you talk about marriage, it is a religious institution and that people can still have the same rights and privileges, but you wouldn't want to force the church to perform those ceremonies and recognize it as a marriage. >> we have to go to commercial break, but this is a challenge. i think this is the big tent issue. but still ahead, new movie takes an unprecedented lo
to draw a parallel basically between the african-american civil rights movement and a rooabin and his efforts. president obama is trying to balance outreach to israel with his push towards trying to restart a stalled peace process between the israelis and palestinians. he's expected to travel into the occupied palestinian territories, into the west bank soon, to visit bethlehem. of course, we all know christians believe this to be the birthplace of jesus christ. visiting the church of the holy nativity, he'll be there with the palestinian authority president, mahmoud abbas, and he'll have to pass through those huge security barriers. there's enormous walls that the israelis have set up around this traditionally christian city. and perhaps get a good look at some of the conditions that the palestinians live in. part of this is probably to try to raise some awareness about the christian palestinian population, very much caught in the middle of this grinding conflict between the israelis and the palestinians. zoraida? >> ivan watson live from amman, jordan, this morning. thank you. >>> c
case this is week. some call the push for same-sex marriage the civil rights issue of our time. they say the tide has turned and that it's time for a change. even karl rove thinks, yes, a republican candidate could embrace same-sex marriage. >> you can imagine the next presidential campaign, a republican candidate saying flat out i'm for gay marriage? >> i could. >> and that's all karl rove would say. i'm joined by san francisco city town dennis herrera and austin nimox. good morning to you both. >> good morning. >> thank you for having us. >> austin, you heard what karl rove just said. are you on the wrong side of history? >> the only side of history with regard to marriage is the right one regarding the truth. and that really should be decided by the american people. americans have an inevitable and inalienable right to determine our own history and that's really a fundamental aspect of america. we have a massive political debate going on in this country about marriage. and the last thing we need is the supreme court to take this debate away from the american people, print a
to have a civil union, that's fine with me. interviewing john kasich about his views on gay rights. this is a very relevant issue in ohio republican politics because ohio senator ron portman just changed his position to be in favor of gay marriage now because he has a gay son. he told this interviewer he has talked to senator portman about the issue, he does not share senator portman's view gay people ought to have equal marriage rights but he is fine with civil union, except he is apparently not fine with civil unions. he forgot he is actually against them. his office followed up with a statement that said the governor does not actually mean it. quote he may have used the term "civil union" loose lin this instance. the governor's position is unchanged. he gay marriage and changing ohio's constitution to allow for civil unions. ohio republicans banned civil unions for gay people in 2004 and john kasich supports that ban. when he said today quote if you want to have a civil union that's fine with me. he did not mean it. he forgot he doesn't actually believe that. his office had to c
, assault weapons, handguns, educational dvds to teach him how to use this stuff. this cannot be right in a civilized society. >> well, first of all, piers, i'd like to, first of all say, it's not that i oppose the ban. what i do support is a more healthy debate about the ban, and whatever our legislature, whether it's state or federal, comes out with, i will support. i'm not a gun person, personally. but i do believe that all sides of the issue need to be focused on and then there's other issues that need to be addressed also, mental health checks, access for us. that would be part of the background process, having mental health checks to find out if there's issues within the home, knowing who has these types of weapons. another thing that concerns me is when someone does die who does have weapons, but we're not notified that there are weapons in the home. who takes possession of those weapons for the short term until it's decided who they should go to? >> right. >> then they end up on the streets. so those are the things that i'm concerned about. and i just think that we have to have
said, look, we want to come out for human rights. let's support same-sex civil union. for the first time in six years, they voted him down. >> argentina ultimately approved legalizing same-sex marriage. father beck will join us on "starting point" at 8:30 am eastern time. stay tuned for that. >>> baseball's biggest rivals will set aside their differences briefly on opening day to honor the victims of the newtown massacre, a moment of silence at yankee stadium before the new york yankees take on the boston red sox. commissioner bud selig is asking all major league teams to wear special ribbons on their uniforms to remember those 26 victims. >> red sox and yankees have actually come together for charitable events. it's a wonderful thing. >> it is. >>> recovery teams have brought up two rocket jips from the apollo space missions. to find, recover and restore these engines. serial numbers have worn out. it's hard to tell what missions they were used for when they were launched into space. that's very cool to recover these engines. >> it is. >>> when will spring finally start showing its
of their civil war was using chemical weapons doesn't need to be a priority right now. >> for once i agree with the president, laying the marker down. the united states of america has never sat on the sidelines when people have created this type of chaos against their own people so i think certainly senator mccain and senator graham along with the president have laid a marker down what is proper and right. this is a serious thing. when people use chemical weapons against themselves, what else will they use against their neighbors. i think the president was correct, he was right, it's very serious and something that should concern the american public. we're certainly weary of war and conflicts, but we're a country that looks out. >> topic two, senator harry reid, a democrat, is dropping a proposed ban on assault weapons from a new gun control bill because he says it has no chance, zero -- i kooechbt get it out. it has zero chance of passing but reid says another senator could bring it up as an amendment in the future. in a recent abc news/washington post poll, 57% of americans say they supp
has evolved is sort of a script that could have been written in hollywood. >> right. >> because in many ways it actually was written in hollywood. it was november 2008. barack obama had just won the white house. >> there's nothing civil about a man marrying another man! >> but proposition 8 passed, taking away the right for gays and lesbians to marry in california. >> california has made it very clear. >> we're sitting there, you know, kind of licking the wounds and saying, what do we do now 0? and serendipitously, a friend of my wife's came by the table and she says, i think you'd be very interested to find out that you might find an ally in ted olsen on your issue. >> that's the ted olsen, the conservative legal icon. >> that stunned you, right? >> yes. it more than stunned me. it stunned me, but i said, if this is true, this is the home run of all time. i mean, the idea that ted olsen, this arch conservative, the solicitor general for george bush who had argued bush v gore and basically put me in bed for a couple of days i was so depressed after bush v gore was interested in
. ♪ >> shepard: the bloody civil war in syria is creeping up to israel's doorstep and creating another major security concern in that region. syrian rebels captured one village and parts of a few others right on the edge of the golan heights. that's a region that israel captured from syria back in 167. think useds it a strategic buffer zone ever since. as you know the assad regime and rebel groups are accusing each other of using chemical weapons in a deadly attack earlier this he can with. the united nations secretary general today said that the u.n. will conduct an investigation into the matter and said such a move would amount to crimes against humanity. now, yesterday, president obama said if an investigation shows the syrians did indeed use chemical weapons, weapons of mass destruction that would be a game-changer. and now it appears support in congress is sprouting for some kind of u.s. military action. to wit: a joint letter to the president, the chairman of the senate armed services committee, michigan democrat senator carl levin and the arizona republican senator john mccain today
. it is the big national holiday, the biggest holiday of the year in iran right now. when he talks about the great civilization he is trying to reach out to the iranian people saying if we can have a diplomatic solution here you and your isolation in the world community, you end that and become a bigger part of the national community. even as he did that today he did say all options are on the table. twice he said as president of the united states he can't take that away. the president is hoping and believes there are several more months to continue the diplomacy, he is hoping that works. he said at every stop on this trip if it doesn't he reserves the right to use a military strike. >> he seemed to be reaching out beyond the ayatolla, beyond ahmadinejad speaking directly to the iranian people from amman, jordan. on another sensitive issue in response to a question the president seemed a little defensive about why the united states during his administration has not authorized military force to stop the slaughter in syria. listen to this. >> i think what your question may be suggesting is why haven
that every victim feels the same way. >> do you think he'll admit some of the things he says right now against him if you take this to civil court try to get some money out of it will this help you anything he says from behind bars? >> nothing mr. sandusky says or doesn't say is going to affect the civil lawsuits in my opinion. he, as a convicted felon and in fact mr. paterno's family and mr. paterno back when blamed mr. sandusky. penn state blamed mr. sandusky. everyone believes that he is the root cause of this problem. there's no controversy about that. the only issue remaining is pen state's complicity. penn state's enabling mr. sandusky to do what he did. that's what's on the table in the civil cases. >> so, so one of the, one of the pieces of sound from jerry sandusky in this interview that was aired on nbc where jerry sandusky essentially saying he doesn't understand how somebody could have walked into the shower room, mike mcqueary and, and, and jumped to the conclusions that he did about what was going on in there. i mean he's really attacking the mcqueary witness, and also th
. >> major delays. >> you're right. >> all right, jennifer delgado thanks to you. >>> secretary of state john kerry trying to stop the bloodshed in syria's civil war as he travels in the middle east this morning. yesterday he met with the iraqi president nuri al maliki but apparently he made little headway convincing him to stop allowing the flow of arms and troops into syria. secretary kerry wants tighter scrutiny of overflights in iraq. he's accusing iraq of helping syrian president assad by allowing armed fighters from iran to cross into syria from iraq. >>> authorities in mississippi believe a state lawmaker shot and killed herself over the weekend. 63-year-old jessica upshaw's body was found yesterday in former state representative's home. she served in the mississippi legislature for nearly ten years. she represented the district along the gulf coast. >>> an amazing tale of survival by a 9-year-old girl after a horrifying accident that killed her father. the california highway patrol says she was with him in an suv when it veered off california's remote sierra highway in rolled hundreds
there this morning. where else the storm is hitting right now. bill: a lot of places too. there is growing evidence syria crossed that red line by using chemical weapons. triggering calls for greater u.s. involvement in that country's civil war. >> i look at all the data points over the last two years from these intelligence reports and i believe there is high probability that some level of chemical weapons were used in syria by the assad regime. @e@8ñúñ÷@@@0@ú bill: so a top u.s. law i canner -- lawmaker saying the u.s. government crossed a red line saying it used chemical weapons against opposition forces. now he is urging the u.s. to get more involved in syria's civil war to prevent further bloodshed. >> i think it is abundantly clear that that red line has been crossed. there is mounting evidence that it is probable that the assad regime has used least a small quantity of chemical weapons during this conflict. bill: moo i can religionkers. kt macfarland, fox news security analyst. >> good morning. >> red line, chemical weapons, why is it a week later and there still seems to be a n
. >> absolutely. there is a political balance here. if you can see the see-saw right now. netanyahu is weaker than re-elected barack obama. they need each other. but israel needs the u.s. to have its back, both because of syria, the civil war next door, the possibility of chemical weapons which would be, as the president said, a real game-changer, though, i'm told that they have no evidence that chemical weapons were used by the regime. the president is very clear that it would not have been used by the opposition. that was fallacious argument from the regime but no hard evidence they were used. if it were used, it would be a game-changer. but israel needs the u.s. for iran and they do seem to be coming closer together on the time line of iran and it's very clear, from what the president said, that he would support military action and he is not bluffing. >> richard haass, i can only say this thinking like a politician thinks and it doesn't matter what level you are. you're always a politician. i would be getting on the phone with barack obama and saying, listen, you want me to push back on iran an
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